TNS Sport's Fantasy Football - September
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We are now approaching game week 8 in this year's Fantasy Football which means we have now completed both August and September. Let's look at how our sports writers have fared over the last month. If you are unfamiliar with Fantasy Football and how it works, you can find the rules listed here - https://fantasy.premierleague.com/help/ League Table Continuing in 1st place is... me! Even after a dreadful game week 5, I have managed to extend my lead at the top from 56 points to 63. A double up on Wolves' defence has helped me as has having players like James Maddison and of course Eden Hazard. I have continued with Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero but Salah is certainly testing my patience. Following closely behind is Keith Watkins with his team named 'When Harry Met Alli.' Keith has in fact scored more points than me for September but has made 3 transfers in game week 4 and 2 in both game weeks 5 and 6. This means that he has lost -16 points during the month as you are only allowed one free transfer each week without losing points. He made the bold move early on to ditch Mo Salah with his team instead consisting of other Liverpool players in Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander Arnold, and Sadio Mane. He also has a very exciting front three in Aguero, Alexander Mitrovic, and Wilf Zaha. Sitting 3rd is Adam Clancy and his team 'It's Coming Home.' Adam has managed to overtake Nathan Best and move into 3rd, yet there are only 4 points separating the two. Adam scored 202 points during September which places him 6th for the month. He has a strong backline with a couple of differential options further up the pitch, which includes Jesse Lingard, Jorginho and Pierre Aubameyang. In 4th, is Nathan who will be desperate to have a good October to regain 3rd place. 'Beef Mertens' have 381 points but didn't have the best of September's. Nathan managed 182 points placing him 7th for the calendar month. He has however had a good final week achieving 64 points with Cook & Wilson of Bournemouth still to play. Although he is Hazard-less, he does have strength up top with both Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku with a solid pick in Harry Maguire in defence. Oliver Thomas is this month's highest scorer with 242 points. He has climbed from 7th to 5th with a total of 378 points. Kieran Tripper, Aymeric Laporte, Hazard, Maddison, and Aguero have all been high scorers for Oliver this month and he is one to watch out for if he continues his excellent form into October. 6th place goes to Ciaran Hanvey who is on 350 points. He has remained in 6th place but has the 4th highest points total for September with 209. Another player who has some momentum and will look climb the table, another player who has the ever impressing Harry Maguire alongside Mane, Hazard and a Spurs duo of Trippier and Kane. In 7th we have Sports Editor Joe Rindl and his team 'Joe.' Joe scored 174 points in September and has fallen from 5th. Overall he has 349 points thanks to a good August. He can thank Kasper Schmeichel and Harry Kane for his steady points total, might be time for a wildcard Joe! 8th and 9th remain the same as August. George Mooney's 'Arnauto-bitch' scored the 5th highest points in September with 202 and is closing the gap on the top 6. I love his front three of Firmino, Aguero and of course, Arnautovic. The rest of his team has a good balance. Remaining 9th and bottom of the table is Gaurav Chaddah and his team Suffolk St Rangers. He has 282 points and scored 173 for September. Gaurav has a strong defence but his attack doesn't include a 'star striker.' He instead has Wilf Zaha, Mitrovic and Aubameyang. He hasn't yet used his wildcard so is still in a strong position. Players to have in October Goalkeeper - Matthew Ryan (Brighton) - £4.5m Whilst many have Wolves' Rui Patricio, who is an amazing keeper, Wolves' fixtures aren't as strong as Brighton's during the next month, Here we have a keeper who is only owned by 3.6% of players. Brighton have some cracking fixtures coming up during October. These include 2 home games against Wolves and West Ham as well as an away trip to Newcastle. If you already have Rui, then I'd stick but if you're looking to change, Ryan is your man. Defender - Matt Doherty (Wolves) - £4.5m The 'Doc' is FPL's most inform defender and is one of the cheapest out there. Yes, I know I said against having Patricio, due to Wolves' fixtures against Palace, Watford and Brighton, you'd fancy maybe 2 out of those 3 to score, there is no reason to ignore Doherty. Even if Wolves' were to concede, Doherty would be fancied for some attacking returns. He spends so much time up the other end of the pitch and against Southampton, he had 2 shots inside the box as well as creating 3 chances. He also has 2 assists to his name so far and could pick you up some invaluable bonus points. Midfielder - Eden Hazard - (Chelsea) - £11.1m The best player in the Premier League at the minute? He is certainly the most inform player and because of that, his price will rise. So if you haven't got him, why are you still reading this? Don't just get him for October, get him for the rest of the season. Chelsea have a good next 8 fixtures and with him being rested in Europe, he has been ready to go for Chelsea's league campaign. His ownership is increasing and is nearly at 40%. So sooner rather than later, if you don't have him, you'll fall behind. Striker - Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) - £6.9m This will please George! Back from injury and Marko was back amongst the goals as West Ham defeated the other United 3-1. Their fixtures during October aren't brilliant, they face Brighton, Spurs and Leicester but looking long term, West Ham have fantastic fixtures between game week 11 to game week 22. With the exception of Man City, they don't face a top 6 side at all. He is their number one threat and is their focal point up top. West Ham look like they are clicking under Manuel Pellegrini and Arnie is sure to add to his impressive 4 goals in 6 game tally. What do you think of our writer's teams, can you do better? Image rights - Wikimedia Commons
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